Paulette McWilliams is best known for her deep, sultry, and velvety tones, as well as her wide vocal range. She has a range that Luther totally utilized from singing with the males on the bottom to singing with sopranos on top!
Hers is one of the iconic voices behind Michael Jackson on “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” — Michael’s biggest hit; Aretha Franklin’s No.1 hit “Jump To It,” Billy Idol’s No. 1 hit “Mony Mony,” Luther Vandross’s “Stop To Love,” “Wait For Love,” and “Bad Boy/Having A Party,” among many others. She has a beautifully long and extensive music history.
She also toured and sang live with Luther Vandross and performed all of the Tammi Terrell duets with Marvin Gaye on his last tour. She has worked with some of the best artists, performers and producers in the business, such as Quincy Jones, Luther Vandross, Bette Midler, Billy Idol, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, Lauryn Hill, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Patty LaBelle, Deborah Cox, Michael Jackson, Teri Lynne Carrington. She also recorded duets with Johnny Mathis, Michael Buble, and many others.
Paulette became the lead singer with Ask Rufus and was solely responsible for introducing the group to a friend of hers, Chaka Khan. For a period of time, Paulette and Chaka shared the lead in Ask Rufus and when Paulette left, Chaka took over.